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"Measuring policy support in Sub Saharan Africa: Overview of the Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme and selected results"
by Jean Balié

The Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) is an FAO initiative that seeks to establish country owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyze, and reform food and agricultural policies improve policy frameworks in a growing number of developing and emerging economies. MAFAP work consists in (i) collection and usage of targeted, policy relevant data (producer and wholesale commodity prices, access costs, public expenditure, and policy decisions); (ii) consolidation of national policy monitoring systems to measure policy effects and identification of current policy ‘problems’ that affect the competitiveness of agricultural producers; (iii) articulation of policy options and assessment of their costs and benefits to support government’s decisions on suitable reforms; and (iv) engagement of national stakeholders in policy dialogue, as part of more inclusive policy reform processes. MAFAP directly supports governments’ efforts to assess and eventually reform trade, inputs and market policies and improve public expenditure allocations in order to accelerate value chain development and improve overall sector performance. The seminar will be about presenting (i) the main characteristics of the MAFAP programme, (ii) discussing a few results related to the analysis of price incentives, the market development gap and agricultural public expenditure, and (iii) suggesting potential areas for future collaborative research.

Date/Time: 12/12/2014   03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Location: KRAN 661